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Peter THORP

Peter THORP

Male 1759 - 1823  (64 years)

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  • Name Peter THORP 
    Born 1 Jun 1759  Bottle Hill, (Madison), NJ Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died 2 Oct 1823  14 Clarke Street, New York, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I2474  The Turses
    Last Modified 12 Oct 2010 

    Father John THARP,   b. 1720 
    Mother Margaret Elizabeth FREZIER 
    Family ID F3219  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Jemima TURNERE 
    Children 
    +1. John THORP,   b. 27 Mar 1788, Marlborough, Ulster, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Jun 1868, Westwood, Bergen, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)
     2. Betsy THORP,   b. 9 Jul 1797, Newburgh, Orange, NY Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 25 Sep 2017 
    Family ID F1786  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1 Jun 1759 - Bottle Hill, (Madison), NJ Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 2 Oct 1823 - 14 Clarke Street, New York, NY Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • Peter Thorp (Tharp in his pension papers) was b. 1 June 1759 at Bottle Hill (now Madison), N.J., son of John Tharp of Rahway, N.J., and his wife Margaret Elizabeth Frezier. He d. 2 Oct. 1823 at 14 Clarke St., New York City. On 16 Aug. 1785 he married (Elder Abingdon, Baptist minister at Platekill, Ulster Co., N.Y., officiating) Jemima Turnere b. 20 May 1764, dau. of Edmund and Hannah (Brouwer) Turnere of Newburgh, N.Y. Jemima d. 1841 in New York City.

      Peter and Jemima lived in Marlborough town for about 5 years; from 1790 to 1809 at Newburgh, N.Y., where they were members of the Old School Baptist Church; and in New York City, where he taught school on Hudson St. for years and where "our beloved sister Jemima Thorp" was a member (6 Oct. 1838) of the North Beriah Baptist Church.

      Peter enlisted during the Revolutionary War on 20 Jan. 1777 in the 3rd Regiment, New Jersey Line, and was in active service for about 2 years. He applied for a pension 1 Apr. 1818 at Essex Co., N.J., and received $8 per month. His application stated that he had received badges of merit but that he had had the misfortune to lose the papers. On 13 July '1820 he wrote the Pension Board from Newark, N.J., reciting that he was a resident of Rahway, N.J.; was 61 years old the 11th of June last; and that for 25 years he had been sorely afflicted with rheumatism and sciatica; that he formerly taught school but by reason of weak eyes had been obliged to quit sometime in the summer of 1818, after which he undertook to mend shoes for his neighbors but could not follow it; that his wife Jemima was a cripple, occasioned by a fall from a horse bv which she broke her collar bone and dislocated her right shoulder and wrist; that she often got some kind neighbor to wash for her, as she was not able to do much work herself; that they had, for many years before he drew a pension, been helped by public but chiefly by private charity, but with his pension he rents a small tenement for $20 per annum; tends a garden, and by using strict economy they lived in a degree comfortable, but should his pension be stopped they should inevitably fall victims to public charity. Accompanying this statement was an inventory of his personal possessions with a total value estimated to be about $50. A few of the items listed follow: 1 gum table; 1 cherry stand; 1 school desk and stool; 1 common carpet wove by my son-in-law and by him given to my wife; 14 old chairs; 1 small
      Bible given me by the Female Bible Society before I obtained the pension; lasts and tools for mending shoes; small grind stone; churn; various pots, kettles, griddles, etc. ; washing machine; pine wash tub; pepper mill; earthen pots; 3 pewter plates; 2 earthen plates; 12 tea cups and saucers; various jugs, spoons, etc.; 1 psalm and prayer book; 1 sermon book; 1 book on navigation; 1 book on Arithmetic; 1 small dictionary; 1 Clark's magazine; Pope's Essay on Man; the 21st vol. of Manor's Treatise; the 1st vol. of the Guardian of Youth; in numbers; 8 fowls with about 30 chickens; spectacles and iron
      case; 1 snuff and tobacco box; 1 sun glass; 1 slate and pencil; 1 red morocco pocketbook; and many other articles of a like nature, meticulously listed down to the last 2 lin cups.

      On 28 Dec. 1838 Jemima Tharp (her mark) appeared before Marine Court of the City of New York in order to obtain benefit of the provisions of the Act of 7 July 1838 entitled "An Act of Congress granting half pay and pensions to certain widows". She supplied the date of her marriage and the date of her husband's death. Henry C. Thorp of New York, N.Y., on the same day introduced a leaf from the family Bible of Peter Tharp, deceased, which leaf gave the names and birth dates of each of the 10 children of Peter and Jemima.

  • Sources 
    1. [S335] Montross: A Family History: Pierre Montras and his descendants, a record of 300 years, Taylor, John Wilson, (McClure Print Co, Staunton VA, 1958).